Ruostejärvi Recreation Area is located on the shores of Lakes Ruostejärvi and Leppilampi. The area has been added to in 1997 and in 2005. Hikers will find beautiful lake scenery and vast coniferous dominated forest areas which range from dry heathland forests to old spruce forests. During autumn the area's lake shores are coloured blue by the abundant blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) crop, while dryer areas are coloured red by lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea).
The area is situated on the Tammela upland, which appeared during the last Ice Age before its surrounding areas from beneath the water. The waters washed the finest soil to the ocean bottom and the exposed land was rugged covered by earth, which was almost completely void of clay and moraine based. This is the reason why the area stayed secluded and unfarmed for so long compared to its surrounding areas.
Beautiful and rugged Lake Ruostejärvi
Lake Ruostejärvi is known for its exceptionally clear and clean waters and magnificent sandy beaches. The shoreline is shallow and sandy, with few nutrients and thus there are little if any shore or water vegetation types. Several different types of water birds, such as the Arctic Loon (Gavia stellata), swim on the lake. The sheltered and peaceful Myllylahti Bay with shallow shores and rocky islets offers the swan (Cygnus cygnus) an ideal place to rest.
Diverse forest landscape
The landscape is dominated by grand pines, between which visitors can catch a glimpse of the shimmering crystal blue lake back. There are also mixed deciduous forests along the area's trails, where nature's versatility thrives. Dead standing birch trees with fungus lined trunks are home to many small birds. The flying squirrel (Pteromys volans ) also lives in the area. Thick moss carpets and the murmur of top branches in old spruce forests create a dim and otherworldly atmosphere.
Narrow wild rosemary dominated pine bogs along the shoreline are also typical of the area.